Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration - Peninsula
Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration - Peninsula

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Celebrate Israel's Independence Day at a community-wide annual party, with music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family! Featuring Israeli hip hop/funk band Hadag Nahash and a children's show with Gili and Hanny Nahmias

Early bird pricing through April 8: Free for children ages 0–3 | $10 Children ages 3-17 | $12 Adults 18+ 

For the entire community
Sunday, April 22
11:00 AM–5:00 PM
San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall
Public Parking (parking fees may apply): 1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo, CA 94403

For more details, please click here.

Jewish LearningWorks is proud to sponsor this event!

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools
Apr
24
9:45 AM09:45

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools

North Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.
 

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA.

Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools
Apr
25
10:30 AM10:30

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools

South Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA.

Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

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Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies  | Series Begins Thursday ONLINE
Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies | Series Begins Thursday ONLINE

You spoke, we listened!

"Program Design and Project Based Learning are in the top three areas of interest." 
- 2017 Bay Area Educator Survey

This high-level series will be grounded in the theory behind project based learning.

Understand what project based learning is, and isn’t.
Assess your current program offerings and determine opportunities to engage students with PBL.
- Brainstorm the idea and design phases of educational program design for use at your site.
- Engage with Jewish text study as a tool to support PBL.
Connect with like minded-colleagues in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Expect to prepare with short reading or writing activities before each class. Recordings will be available for up to a week if you miss a session. Complete all three classes for a 10% discount for future coaching support related to developing PBL at your site.

PBL Webinar Series (Thursday)
36.00
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Thursday Series
Session 1: April 26, 2018
Session 2: May 10, 2018
Session 3: May 24, 2018
(limited to 6 participants)

Prefer Wednesday? Sign up here.
Want a PM or Sunday option? Email JMangel@jewishlearningworks.org

*Online sessions are held via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom (or online learning) let us know - we will help you get comfortable with this new tool.

Now offering this course for staff teams! Interested? Contact Jenni Mangel to discuss details: 415.529.3225 or JenniMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org


Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a deep commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Before rejoining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals. Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in the garden with her husband, two children and dog, practicing yoga, taking photographs, making greeting cards, or connecting with family and friends.

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Apr
29
11:00 AM11:00

Yom Ha'atzma'ut Celebration for Young Children and their Families—in Hebrew!

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Looking for a joyful family celebration of Israeli Independence Day? This free gathering at the Jewish Community Library will feature stories, songs, crafts projects, and kosher food -- with participation by storytellers Koren Zuckerman and  Maayan Glaser-Koren of Treehouse Learning. The event will be entirely in Hebrew.

RSVP to Noa at 415.567.3327 x703. or nalbaum@jewishlearningworks.org

Program made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Co-sponsored by the Israeli House of the Consulate General of Israel.

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When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews with Naomi Seidman
Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews with Naomi Seidman

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Among the many translations of the New Testament, those directed at Jews present a particular set of challenges and opportunities. This lecture traces the four-hundred-year history of the Yiddish translation of the New Testament. While early translators, typically Jewish converts to Christianity, kept close to Luther’s German, in the twentieth century Yiddish translations moved toward a more idiomatic, Jewish, and “juicy” Yiddish. Dr. Seidman will explore how and why translators changed their approach, and what this move says about broader trends in modern Jewish culture, Yiddish literary style, and Jewish–Christian relations.


Naomi Seidman is Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley. Her books include A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew
and Yiddish; Faithful Renderings: Jewish–Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation; 
and The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature.


Co-presented by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, the Center for the Art of Translation, KlezCalifornia, and Lehrhaus Judaica.

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Yom Ha’atzamut Celebration and Concert with Hadag Nahash - San Francisco
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Yom Ha’atzamut Celebration and Concert with Hadag Nahash - San Francisco

 

Look out for Poster Tales, an exhibition which leverages several decades of Yom Ha'atzmaut posters as source material for analysis, dialogue, and ultimately, connection.  Originally created for the classroom, this acclaimed resource ended with Israel @60. In partnership with The iCenter for Israel Education, we're so proud to return with a brand new and updated addendum bringing us to Israel @70 just in time for independence day.

Online Registration Required by Friday, April 20, 2018

Advance registration is required for security purposes. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Event Detail
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Israeli “Shuk” (Market) with activities for the whole family, music, and food for purchase
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Torchlight ceremony and musical performance by Israel’s biggest Hip Hop/Funk band, Hadag Nahash

Tickets
$18 for adults ages 18+
$10 for students and children ages 10-17
No charge for children under age 10

Poster Tales and much much more - Details Here

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Drop-In Book Club: The Septembers of Shiraz with Professor Jaleh Pirnazar
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

Drop-In Book Club: The Septembers of Shiraz with Professor Jaleh Pirnazar

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Please join us at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley for a discussion of this year's One Bay One Book selection, The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer, led by Professor Jaleh Pirnazar. 

Books are available for borrowing and can be signed out at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley or the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. 

Dr. Jaleh Pirnazar has been teaching in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1980. Her research interests include Iranian history, literature, ethnic and religious minorities in Iran. She teaches Modern Persian Language and Literature as well as Iranian Cinema. Her publications include “A Voice of Exile” in The Literary Review: Iranian Diaspora Literature Since 1980 (1996); “Iranian Jews, National Identity and Journalism 1915-1979” in The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews (2000); and “The Image of the Iranian Jew in the Writings of Three Modern Iranian Writers" in Iran Nameh (1995).

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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May
2
to May 3

M2 Community Lab 2 : Imagineering: The Art and Science of Out-of-the-Box Thinking

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What if?  These two words have the power to transform our capacity to think limitlessly and boundlessly.  What if we had the tools to think outside the box… to innovate… to transform space and environments? What if we could control our ability to think creatively? And what if we could re-imagine the scope of our programs? Learn how to unshackle your creative self and surface extraordinarily innovative possibilities, and incorporate these ideas into your programs! 

PJCC
800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City
9:30 am - 5:00 pm on May 2
9:30 am- 3:30 pm on May 3

Interested in participating? Click here, scroll alllll the way down and add your name to the wait list.

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Genealogy Clinic
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller
May
6
1:30 PM13:30

Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Why would a Zionist youth movement in 1930s Poland consider marching in Polish patriotic parades and training with Polish military groups to be Zionist acts? Drawing upon his new book, Daniel Kupfert Heller will discuss the fascinating dynamics that led Betar, one of interwar Poland’s most popular Jewish youth movements, to model their ceremonies on Polish patriotic rituals, call for their members to “act Polish,” and include Polish government officials as both observers and participants in their celebrations. By recovering the voices of ordinary Betar members, Heller offers a fascinating window into the turbulent lives of Polish Jewish youth on the eve of the Holocaust.

Daniel Kupfert Heller is an assistant professor in the department of Jewish studies at McGill University. His areas of research include Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the history of Zionism. He is the recipient of McGill University’s H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His book, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and Taube Philanthropies

Program made possible, in part, by Lawrence Burgheimer. 

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Bay Area Youth Professionals Network
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bay Area Youth Professionals Network

Bay Area Youth Professionals Network from 10:00-12:30 at Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St, 6th Floor in San Francisco
We are on the BART/MUNI line. Just a 10 minute walk from Civic Center BART, and 1 block from Van Ness MUNI.

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 


There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp
May
11
to May 13

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp

Outdoor games, arts and crafts, hiking, yoga, music & more!

Each year, children with special needs and their siblings, parents, and grandparents enjoy three days of community, creativity, and fun in a Jewish setting at Special Needs Family Camp. Together they participate in Jewish communal and life cycle events and worship services. They attend workshops, relax, find support, and share experiences.

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp is a magical weekend for all attendees. It gives families the chance to play and recharge while strengthening their ties with Judaism and meeting and bonding with other families who share the same joys and challenges. Siblings and campers challenge themselves and make new friends while engaging in outdoor and indoor activities with the support of trained staff.

IMPORTANT! To successfully register:
1
. Select the number of tickets you need from each field. You may be asked to complete a form.  
2. Continue to select additional tickets, if you need them.
3. Go to the very top of the page and CHECK OUT. You MUST CHECK OUT in order to complete your registration.  
4. If you have any trouble, please contact RSmith@jewishlearningworks.org for support.

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp (Adult Ticket)
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This year, Camp will be held at a new location, Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma. This will be the same Family Camp you know and love, with some exciting bonus activities that can only happen at Walker Creek. 

Vegetarian meals and snacks are provided throughout the weekend, and scholarships are available! 

COST:
$400 per adult (anyone age 18+)
$300 per youth 4-17
free for children 3 and under.  

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp (Child Ticket)
300.00
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Scholarship or pay by check:

1. For check or scholarship payments, please add the number of tickets to your cart and complete the registration form to checkout.  When you reach the credit card payment page - you may leave the form blank and click "submit" to send your registration through.

2. Scholarships for San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma County residents are available through the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund until March 15th. 

3. For East Bay residents, scholarships are available through the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and The Jewish Community Foundation.  If you are seeking an East Bay scholarship please pre-register through the scholarship / pay by check ticket option and then contact Dr. David Neufeld directly - dneufeld@jewishlearningworks.org

 

 

 

On the fence? See what these parents have to say: 

"Family Camp and Passover are the two Jewish events each year which we truly cherish."
“Family Camp is a great reminder for us that we are not alone. It's a gift to be able to connect with other Jewish families facing similar challenges and know that we are accepted and embraced, regardless of our child's special needs.”
“Family Camp is the only place we can be a "normal" family enjoying a weekend family-camp experience. Our son thrives there in the care of loving volunteers and other parents while being provided with a spiritual education through nature and Jewish thought and teachings. We the parental unit enjoy a most-treasured 48-hour respite from the 24/7 care and attention our son requires.”
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Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robbin Légère Henderson
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robbin Légère Henderson

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Russian immigrant Matilda Rabinowitz (1887–1963) was a feminist, labor organizer, and mother. In her memoir, written in her later years, she describes life in the Pale of Settlement and tells the story of her journey to America, her political awakening and work as an organizer for the IWW, and, in her personal life, of a turbulent romance and struggle to support herself and her child. Matilda’s granddaughter Robbin Légère Henderson added commentary and illustrations for Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, recently published by Cornell University Press.

Robbin Légère Henderson is an artist and writer whose work has been shown internationally, and most recently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Henderson received her B.A. in English literature at the University of California at Berkeley, with further study at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Co-sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

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From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Professor Soomekh will discuss the history of the Jews of Iran in the modern era. What was life like for Jews under Shi’a Islam, how did conditions change under the secular regime of the Pahlavis, and how did the 1979 Islamic Revolution affect Iranian Jews? She will also address life in America for the thousands of Jews who immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Soomekh will explore how the Iranian Jewish community has maintained its hybrid identity and its relationship with non-Iranian Jews, the Ashkenazi community, and Israel.

Dr. Saba Soomekh is the assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at
the American Jewish Committee. She teaches religious studies, Middle Eastern history,
and women’s studies courses at UCLA. Professor Soomekh is the editor of Sephardi and
Mizrahi Jews in America
and the author of From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. Dr. Soomekh was the exhibition coordinator for Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

Co-sponsored by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Kishinev’s 1903 riot seized the imagination of the international public and became the prototype for what would now become known as a pogrom. It would provide a crucial impetus to developments as far flung as Zionism, the NAACP, and the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In this lecture, Professor Zipperstein will discuss his much-anticipated new work on the Kishinev pogrom.

“Pogrom is a splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the twentieth century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells of horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery — told with gripping
clarity and an admirable brevity.”

— PHILIP ROTH

Steven J. Zipperstein, the author or editor of eight books, is Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and History at Stanford. He is co-editor of the Jewish Lives series published by Yale University Press.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, KlezCalifornia, and JFCS Holocaust Center.

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.

 

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Genealogy Clinic
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Genealogy Clinic

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Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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Drop-In Book Club: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman.

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, this caustic short novel explores the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance. In the dance between comic and audience, with barbs flying back and forth, a deeper story begins to take shape.


Note: Translator Jessica Cohen will speak at the Library on Thursday, April 19. Click here for more information.

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Film Class: The Plot Against Harry
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: The Plot Against Harry

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Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

Harry Plotnick, the unlikely protagonist of this extraordinary cult film that sat on the shelf for two decades after its completion, is a small-time Jewish gangster re-entering society after a stint in prison. Shifting uncomfortably between the numbers racket and a kosher catering business, he finds himself a misfit in both worlds. 1969, 81 minutes. 

Discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman. 

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Dalia Sofer in Conversation at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto
Jun
10
7:15 PM19:15

Dalia Sofer in Conversation at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto

Author Dalia Sofer will speak about her novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, on two consecutive evenings in the Bay Area. Sofer's Palo Alto appearance will be followed by a reception. 

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Sofer’s novel and this year's One Bay One Book selection, The Septembers of Shiraz, is set in Tehran in 1981, as Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is imprisoned by the Revolutionary Guard. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that sharply affect a family that does not conform.

Marking its tenth anniversary, the novel remains particularly relevant during a time when renewed attention is given to the plight of refugees and to the vulnerability of Jews and other minority groups in many lands during troubling times.

Born in Tehran in 1972, Dalia Sofer came with her family to the United States in 1983. She graduated from New York University and received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, received the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award and the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and Orange Prize.

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Dalia Sofer in Conversation at the Library in San Francisco
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Dalia Sofer in Conversation at the Library in San Francisco

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Author Dalia Sofer will speak about her novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, on two consecutive evenings in the Bay Area. Sofer's San Francisco appearance will be preceded by the Friends of the Jewish Community Library's Annual Meeting at 6:15 p.m. and a reception.  

Sofer’s novel and this year's One Bay One Book selection, The Septembers of Shiraz, is set in Tehran in 1981, as Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is imprisoned by the Revolutionary Guard. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that sharply affect a family that does not conform.

Marking its tenth anniversary, the novel remains particularly relevant during a time when renewed attention is given to the plight of refugees and to the vulnerability of Jews and other minority groups in many lands during troubling times.

Born in Tehran in 1972, Dalia Sofer came with her family to the United States in 1983. She graduated from New York University and received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, received the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award and the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and Orange Prize.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

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Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. 

When Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, wins her district spelling bee, she captures the attention of her father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism, and displaces her brother, Aaron, who embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. Meanwhile, her brilliant but distant lawyer mother is having a crisis of her own.

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Film Class: The Heartbreak Kid
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: The Heartbreak Kid

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Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

Charles Grodin portrays a young New Yorker who, only a few days into his honeymoon, gives up his marriage to a Jewish woman (Jeannie Berlin) in order to pursue a wealthy non-Jewish college student from the Midwest (Cybil Shepherd). Elaine May directed this controversial film adapted by Neil Simon from a story by Bruce Jay Friedman. 1972, 106 minutes. 

Discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman. 

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Oct
23
to Oct 24

M2 Community Lab 3: The Design of Memorable Experiences

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The field of neuroscience and the processes of memory formation are directly related to designing memorable experiences.  In what ways can our understanding of how memories are created influence the programs we design? In this seminar, participants will learn underlying theories and practical techniques to create programs that can be impactful in the present and for years to come. 

This overnight retreat will begin with lunch at noon on October 23 and end in the late afternoon on October 24.

October 23-24 M2 Community Lab:
Oct 23 at 12 - Oct 24 4pm

Redwood Glen Conference Center near Pescadero. 
100 Wright Drive, Loma Mar, CA 94021.

Interested in participating? Click here, scroll alllll the way down and add your name to the wait list.

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David Bergelson's Judgment: Imagining the Russian Revolution in Yiddish, with Sasha Senderovich
Apr
22
1:30 PM13:30

David Bergelson's Judgment: Imagining the Russian Revolution in Yiddish, with Sasha Senderovich

Free event with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

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David Bergelson's Yiddish-language novel Judgment, first published in 1929, has been rendered into English for the first time. Translator Sasha Senderovich will discuss the context for this powerful novel, written in Berlin in the late 1920s and set in a Jewish shtetl in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. The writer Gary Shteyngart called it “A brilliant, nightmarish look at a world without boundaries set alight by madmen.” Bergelson, a master of intricate Yiddish prose and the author of The End of Everything and Descent, was murdered on Stalin’s orders in 1952.

Sasha Senderovich is an assistant professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Together with Harriet Murav, he translated David Bergelson's Judgment: A Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2017). He is currently working on his first monograph, How the Soviet Jew Was Made. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Workmen's Circle / Arbeter Ring of Northern California. 

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A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Translator Jessica Cohen will discuss the joys and challenges of rendering the work of some of the finest Israeli writers into English. Translators are bridge-builders between different languages and cultures, and the bridge between Hebrew and English can be particularly difficult. Cohen will consider different ways of contextualizing Israeli cultural references for English-language readers, and the particular difficulties posed by jokes and humor. She will focus especially on David Grossman’s award-winning A Horse Walks into a Bar, which employs humor (often of the dark variety) more to unsettle than to entertain.

Jessica Cohen is a freelance translator born in England, raised in Israel, and living in
Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work.
She won the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of David Grossman’s
A Horse Walks into a Bar (2017). Her translations include works by major Israeli writers
including Etgar Keret, Dorit Rabinyan, Ronit Matalon, Moshe Sakal, and Tom Segev,
as well as director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir).

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel.

Program made possible, in part, by Jane and Michael Rice.

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South Peninsula Youth Professional Network
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

South Peninsula Youth Professional Network

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The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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North Bay Youth Professional Network
Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

North Bay Youth Professional Network

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The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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The narrative of revelation at Mount Sinai is immediately followed by the catastrophic episode of the Golden Calf. Dr. Zornberg will explore Moses’ role in this episode and answer the question: Why does his face radiate light at the end of the narrative?

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg lives in Jerusalem, where she has been lecturing on Torah since 1980. Born in London, she grew up in Glasgow, studying Torah with her father, who was a rabbi and head of the Rabbinical Court. Dr. Zornberg holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University and has taught English literature at Hebrew University. Zornberg reads biblical narratives through the prism of midrash, literature, philosophy, and particularly psychoanalysis. She is the author of five critically acclaimed books; her most recent, Moses: A Human Life, was published by Yale University Press.

A reception and book signing will follow the talk. This event is in memory of Marsha Rivkind Raleigh z''l.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Congregation Emanu-El.

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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan with David Dalin
Apr
15
1:30 PM13:30

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan with David Dalin

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Dr. David Dalin's newest book is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as justices of the Supreme Court. In his presentation, Dalin will discuss the Jewish background, identities, and legacies of the Jewish Justices and the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession. He will also address the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent to America’s highest court.

“A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American, or legal history.”

—Alan Dershowitz

Dr. David Dalin is an ordained rabbi and scholar of American Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience and The Presidents of
the United States and the Jews
. His book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan, published by Brandeis University Press, was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.

Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera in memory of Stephen Dobbs.

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From Generation To Generation: le-dor va-dor; three generations of Jewish women artists
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

From Generation To Generation: le-dor va-dor; three generations of Jewish women artists

Opening reception: Thursday, April 12

Ongoing exhibition: April 12–July 15, 2018

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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

A family legacy of thriving artistic life was established by matriarch Tobeleah Wechsler z"l, descendant of an illustrious rabbinic family, who co-founded the Cheltenham Art Center in Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Barbara Stanger, and granddaughter, Susan Stanger, who were exposed to artists and art at an early age, inherited her love for art and craft. All three Jewish women artists exemplify a lifelong dedication to growing and developing their own individual styles and skills. Their work comes together for the first time in this exhibit. 

Le-dor va-dor includes contemporary Jewish ceremonial objects, paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Barbara and Susan Stanger and Tobeleah Wechsler.

Barbara Stanger is an artist, jeweler, and art teacher whose work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions and has been circulated nationally by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Federation of the Arts. Her ceremonial pieces are also found in noted private collections, including that of Leah and Yitzchak Rabin.

Susan Stanger began her career as a designer and illustrator in Hawaii. Since coming to the Bay Area in 1998, she has maintained a practice of sketching wherever she goes in San Francisco and on her travels. As a freelance graphic artist she designed books and publications for Congregations Beth Sholom and Keneset HaLev in San Francisco.

Tobeleah Wechsler came from a traditional Jewish family; the only Jews in their small Pennsylvania town, they traced their heritage to the Kovno rabbis, one of the most renowned dynasties of Lithuanian Jewry. Dedicated to her family and her art, she co-founded the Cheltenham Art Center in 1940 with the goal of building a supportive local arts community.

Opening reception made possible, in part, by David Zebker. 

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An Evening with Lesléa Newman at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Lesléa Newman at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

Please note: this event will be held at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav at 290 Dolores Street in San Francisco. 

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Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav proudly welcome lesbian Jewish poet and writer Lesléa Newman as she reads from her newest collection, Lovely, and other works.

Lesléa Newman has  published seventy books for readers of all ages, including the poetry collections I Carry My Mother, which received the Golden Crown Literary Society Poetry award, and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (a novel in verse), which received an American Library Association Stonewall Honor. In 2010, she received the Hachamat Lev Award from Keshet for “her enduring commitment to justice and full inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Jewish community and beyond.”

To RSVP for this event, click here. For more information, please contact Jacob Klein at jacob@keshetonline.org

Congregation Sha’ar Zahav is a wheelchair accessible space with all-gender restrooms. Keshet and Sha’ar Zahav would like their events to be accessible to those with chemical sensitivities and allergies, and therefore support a fragrance-free environment.

 

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East Bay Youth Professional Network
Apr
12
10:00 AM10:00

East Bay Youth Professional Network

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The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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JCHS Senior Thesis Presentations
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

JCHS Senior Thesis Presentations

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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

A select group of students at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay will be presenting the fruits of their senior thesis research papers. Students will be presenting original research on topics related to Israel, sexuality, mysticism, literature, Rabbinics, and Bible. Please join us in learning from the next generation and supporting original high school scholarship!

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

 

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East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools
Apr
10
10:30 AM10:30

East Bay Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools

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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA.

Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

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Choosing Life: Agnon's Shoah with Yonatan Cohen
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Choosing Life: Agnon's Shoah with Yonatan Cohen

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

S.Y. (“Shai”) Agnon, né Shmuel Yosef Halevi Czaczkes, was one of the greatest writers of modern Hebrew literature. In 1966, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for chronicling the life and spirit of the Jewish people.

In The Sign, S.Y. Agnon offers a unique statement about the role of literature in the aftermath of the Shoah’s horrors.  In this study session, Rabbi Cohen will lead a close reading of sections of this powerful short story, with material from the newest translation of Agnon’s monumental work, A City in its Fullness.

Rabbi Yonatan Cohen serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from McGill University in Montreal and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Cohen is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem as well as a lecturer for the Wexner Foundation’s Summer Institute and Heritage Program.

We will be using translations by Alan Mintz z”l, a great scholar of Agnon’s work.

Co-presented by Congregation Beth Israel and the Consulate General of Israel

Program made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos. 

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Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub

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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub.

This Brazilian novel about memory and identity covers three generations: a grandfather who survived Auschwitz and spent the rest of his life trying to forget it; a father in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease who is fighting to remember everything; and the forty-year-old narrator who remains haunted by his role decades earlier in a brutal prank on a fellow student.

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Genealogy Clinic
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Genealogy Clinic

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Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews Under Vichy Rule with Alma Heckman
Mar
25
1:30 PM13:30

Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews Under Vichy Rule with Alma Heckman

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Until quite recently, the experiences of Jews in North Africa during World War II remained footnotes in a Eurocentric story, commemorated in the popular imagination only as side stories in the 1942 film Casablanca. In her talk, Alma Heckman goes beyond the romance of that film and explores the wide variety of Jewish experiences in North Africa during World War II, both for refugees from Europe and for victims of Vichy collaborationist antisemitic policy.

Alma Rachel Heckman is Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies and assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in modern Jewish history of North Africa and the Middle East with an interest in citizenship, the politics of belonging, transnationalism, and empire. She is currently at work on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Radical Nationalists: Moroccan Jewish Communists, 1925-1975.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa and the American Jewish Committee in San Francisco

 

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An Evening of Mizrahi Music
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Mizrahi Music

Oud player John Erlich, accompanied by violinist Be'eri Moalem and percussionist Bouchaib Abdelhadi, will lead us on a journey through the world of Mizraḥi Jewish music, performing pizmonim (songs of praise) and piyyutim (liturgical songs) from Iraq, Israel, Morocco, and Egypt.

John Erlich (oud and vocals) is former musical director of the Middle Eastern Jewish ensembles Za'atar (1997-2008) and Safra (2012-2016).  He was a jazz guitarist/composer before turning his attention to Middle Eastern music in the mid-1990s, inspired by a year spent living in northern Israel.  John has also performed with Estreya D'Oro and Bayat Ensemble and recorded with Cantor Richard Kaplan.  He studied oud with Naser Musa, Haig Manoukian, and Necati Çelik, and now teaches oud privately.

Violist, violinist, and composer Be'eri Moalem (violin) plays in classical, Middle Eastern, and Klezmer styles. He studied performance at the San Francisco Conservatory and composition at San Jose State University. Moalem’s specialty is blending different genres and forms of music. Originally from Israel, he now resides in Palo Alto.

Bouchaib Abdelhadi (percussion and background vocals), originally from Casablanca, Morocco, performed as the leader of Orchestre Abdelhadi until moving to the United States in the 1990s. Abdelhadi now plays in multiple Middle Eastern and North African musical traditions including al-Ÿqa (Andalusian), Gnawa (Sufi trance), and Chaabi ("popular"). He has collaborated with Alonzo King, Omar Sosa, and Stephen Kent (with Trance Mission). Abdelhadi is a member of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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FULL Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies  | Wednesday ONLINE
Mar
21
12:30 PM12:30

FULL Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies | Wednesday ONLINE

You spoke, we listened!

"Program Design and Project Based Learning are in the top three areas of interest." 
- 2017 Bay Area Educator Survey

This high-level series will be grounded in the theory behind project based learning.

Understand what project based learning is, and isn’t.
Assess your current program offerings and determine opportunities to engage students with PBL.
- Brainstorm the idea and design phases of educational program design for use at your site.
- Engage with Jewish text study as a tool to support PBL.
Connect with like minded-colleagues in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Expect to prepare with short reading or writing activities before each class. Recordings will be available for up to a week if you miss a session. Complete all three classes for a 10% discount for future coaching support related to developing PBL at your site.

Wednesday Series is FULL
Session 1: Feb 21, 2018
Session 2: Mar 7, 2018
Session 3: Mar 21, 2018
(limited to 6 participants)

Prefer Thursday? Sign up here.
Want a PM or Sunday option? Email JMangel@jewishlearningworks.org

*Online sessions are held via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom (or online learning) let us know - we will help you get comfortable with this new tool.

Now offering this course for staff teams! Interested? Contact Jenni Mangel to discuss details: 415.529.3225 or JenniMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org


Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a deep commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Before rejoining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals. Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in the garden with her husband, two children and dog, practicing yoga, taking photographs, making greeting cards, or connecting with family and friends.

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The Diamond Setter with Author Moshe Sakal
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Diamond Setter with Author Moshe Sakal

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Inspired by true events, Moshe Sakal’s best-selling Israeli novel traces a complex web of love triangles and family secrets across generations and borders.

The uneventful life of a jeweler from Tel Aviv changes abruptly after Fareed, a young man from Damascus, crosses illegally into Israel and makes his way to the ancient port city of Jaffa in search of his roots. In his pocket is a piece of the famous blue diamond known as “Sabakh.” Intending to return the diamond to its rightful owner, Fareed is swept up in Tel Aviv’s vibrant gay scene, and a turbulent protest movement.

The Diamond Setter (Other Press, 2018) is translated by Jessica Cohen, who will be speaking at the Library on Thursday, April 19.  

Moshe Sakal is the author of five Hebrew novels, including Yolanda, which was shortlisted for the Sapir Prize (Israel’s most lucrative literary award) in 2011, and Sister, which was longlisted in 2016. Sakal was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow in Writing by the University of Iowa, the Eshkol prize, and a Fulbright grant. His work has been published in several major Israeli outlets, as well as Le Monde, The Forward, and Words without Borders.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel.

Co-presented by Keshet and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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"Yes, there's a word for that in Yiddish!" with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath
Mar
18
1:30 PM13:30

"Yes, there's a word for that in Yiddish!" with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath

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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Published in 2016, the Comprehensive English–Yiddish Dictionary, contains more than four times as many words as the most recent English–Yiddish dictionary, which was published nearly  fifty years ago. Where did all these words come from? How do you say cell phone, binge-watch, glove compartment, and many other words used in contemporary life? Schaechter-Viswanath will discuss her childhood growing up with mame-loshn and how she became involved in seeking out existing Yiddish words, as well as coining new ones.

Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath has devoted her life to keeping Yiddish vibrant and relevant. She is co-editor-in-chief of the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary (Indiana University Press and League for Yiddish) and is language editor of Afn Shvel, the magazine of the League for Yiddish. Schaechter-Viswanath has published a bilingual volume of her poetry, Sudden Rain/Plutsemdiker Regn, and sings in an all-Yiddish choir. Her three children (and  toddler grandson) all proudly speak Yiddish.

Co-presented by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, the Center for the Art of Translation, and KlezCalifornia.

Program made possible, in part, by Richard Krieg in honor of David Medlin.

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Film Class: The King of Comedy
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: The King of Comedy

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

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The final film in this series is not a conventional comedy. Although audiences at the time of its release did not know what to do with Martin Scorcese's dark satire on the culture of celebrity in America, it is now considered among the director's finest achievements. Jerry Lewis delivers a serious performance as talk show host Jerry Langford, who finds himself stalked by aspiring stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) and his equally unhinged accomplice, Masha (Sandra Bernhardt). Great discomfort ensues. 1982, 109 minutes.

Discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman. 

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HANUKKOMICS: Cartoons about Jewish Culture and Holidays with Hilary Price
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

HANUKKOMICS: Cartoons about Jewish Culture and Holidays with Hilary Price

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

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In this funny and light-hearted presentation, cartoonist Hilary Price will explain the process through which her ideas become cartoons, share secular and Jewish-themed strips, and draw cartoon snippets on the spot. All of Price’s cartooning secrets will be revealed, including the story of how she became a cartoonist, and how her Jewish identity contributed to her artistic development.

Hilary Price has been writing and drawing Rhymes with Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. At the age of twenty-five, she was the youngest woman ever to have a syndicated strip; the strip now appears in 375 papers internationally. Hilary has taught cartooning workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. She now splits her time between Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. When not cartooning, Price plays ice hockey and spoils her overly large cat.

Co-sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum.

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Waking Lions with Author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

Waking Lions with Author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Eitan Green is a good Israeli doctor. He saves lives. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in his SUV after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. It is a decision that changes everything for him.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's first novel, One Night, Markovitch, won the Israeli Sapir Prize and the Italian Adei-Wizo Literary Prize. Her second novel, Waking Lions, won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and French Wizo Prize and was a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award. The New York Times Book Review picked Waking Lions as Editors' Choice, and the Wall Street Journal included it on its Best Summer Reads list. Gundar-Goshen is a contributor to BBC’s The Cultural Frontline, as well as the Financial Times, Time Magazine, and the Telegraph.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel.

Program made possible, in part, by Tricia Hellman Gibbs. 

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French Jewish Teachers and "Eastern" Jewish Students: Alliance Israélite Universelle in North Africa and the Middle East
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

French Jewish Teachers and "Eastern" Jewish Students: Alliance Israélite Universelle in North Africa and the Middle East

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

With hundreds of thousands of students in hundreds of schools in dozens of countries, the Alliance Israélite Universelle was the largest school network to have existed in Jewish history. Yet, the story of the school system, which operated for nearly a century, remains untold and is rarely discussed in contemporary conversations about Jewish education and Jewish continuity. Adam Eilath will offer a brief history of the Alliance Israélite Universelle and reflect on how its legacy could inform some of the current hot-button issues in Jewish education.

Adam Eilath is the director of strategic initiatives and Jewish studies teacher at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco. He is also a leading advocate and thinker in Sephardic and Mizrahi education in North America.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

Program made possible, in part, by Marc and Marci Dollinger.

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Teen Wellness Resource Panel
Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Teen Wellness Resource Panel

Teen Wellness Resource Panel: Info and RSVP:

The clergy and professionals of SPARE (South Peninsula Area Rabbis and Executives) have raised the issue of effective response as a community, including the need for guidance on how to address the challenging topic of teen suicide in a productive way, and a desire for resources to help them support mental health and well-being of our youth and their families.

To that end, OFJCC, JCRC, JFCS, the Federation and Jewish LearningWorks invite you to a Teen Wellness Resource Panel, designed for Jewish professionals and spiritual leaders in our community with effective strategies and resources to support youth, teens and parents.

Please reply to Luba Palant Lpalant@paloaltojcc.org to confirm your participation.  Please share this invitation with other Jewish professionals in your organization.

 

Thank you for your interest and concern.  We hope you will join us!

Sincerely,
Roxanne Cohen, Jewish Community Federation
Sarah Fields, Jewish Community Relations Council
Beth Berkowitz, Jewish Family and Children’s Services
Deb Massey, Jewish LearningWorks
Luba Palant, Oshman Family JCC

Panelist Details:

Susan Bird is co-founder of SafeSpace in Menlo Park, an organization focused on supporting youth ages 12-26 to thrive and emotionally connect with family, friends and life through walk-in centers and clinical mental health/therapeutic services.  Susan has more than 20 years of experience as a worldwide sales and marketing executive in the software industry, and founded Safe Space as a solution stemming from personal connection to family members and young friends suffering from mental health issues, including mild to moderate anxiety and depression as well as OCD.

Rabbi Lisa Delson is an associate Rabbi at Peninsula Temple Sholom (Burlingame, CA), serving her community through teaching all ages about the joy and relevancy of Jewish life, providing pastoral care and spiritual guidance. At PTS, Rabbi Delson serves as the clergy person overseeing Caring Community and Social Action/Justice initiatives, including leading the congregational organizing effort Panim el Panim: initiative on teen and young adult mental health.  She teaches 9th grade students as well as guides students in their students toward becoming b'nai mitzvah.

Dr. Lesley Martin is Managing Director of SafeSpace, beginning as a volunteer developing the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Directors. She has served as a Principal at Tierra Linda Middle School in San Carlos, and at Taylor Middle School in Millbrae, California. She has worked as a teacher at a number of schools, and as a Principal Leadership Coach in San Jose and East San Jose Schools. During her tenure, the Taylor Middle School was featured in the documentary film Bully for its anti-bullying efforts. Beyond her career in education, Dr. Martin is deeply involved in children’s welfare on the peninsula.

Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent clinician with Parents Place at JFCS in Palo Alto specializing in child anxiety, depression, self-regulation, and internet addiction. She has worked as a psychotherapist for 17 years treating individuals, couples, and families coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, and divorce. She also led groups and provided workshops in the community on post-traumatic stress, addiction, and cybersafety with focus on the ever-evolving issues regarding how to balance our lives online and offline.

 

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Genealogy Clinic
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

Genealogy Clinic

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Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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1938 - 1948: Betar, Irgun, and a Memory of All That with Ephraim Margolin
Feb
25
1:30 PM13:30

1938 - 1948: Betar, Irgun, and a Memory of All That with Ephraim Margolin

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Professor Ephraim Margolin’s forthcoming autobiography describes his involvement in the Zionist youth movement, conscription into the Irgun Underground, and eventual appointment as Menachem Begin’s personal secretary. In his presentation, Margolin will provide a firsthand account of the momentous events and movements that led to the War of independence and the establishment of the State of Israel. 

Ephraim Margolin is the past chair of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council, a retired adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law, past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and for forty-nine consecutive years, the Yom Kippur lecturer at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, Congregation Beth Sholom, and the San Francisco Chapter of Hadassah.

Program made possible, in part, by Elizabeth Storz-Andrews.

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San Francisco Youth Professionals Network
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

San Francisco Youth Professionals Network

  • Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St in San Francisco, 6th Floor (map)
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San Francisco Network Gathering: Thursday, February 22 from 10:00-12:30 at Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St, 6th Floor in San Francisco
We are on the BART/MUNI line. Just a 10 minute walk from Civic Center BART, and 1 block from Van Ness MUNI.

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

Mark your calendars for our next ALL-Region network gathering:
Wednesday, May 9th from 10:00 am-12:30 pm

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Yom Iyun / Day of Learning
Feb
11
9:30 AM09:30

Yom Iyun / Day of Learning

  • Peninsula Jewish Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Unlocking Wonder
This year’s Yom Iyun/Day of Learning is co-sponsored by Jewish LearningWorks and Peninsula Jewish Community Center.

Our learning will focus on Jewish family engagement and is geared towards educators in all positions including classroom teachers, school directors and family educators. Our day will be led by master teacher Karina Zilberman, founder of Shababa at New York’s 92nd St Y and winner of the 2012 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education.  

Experience a day full of music, connection, exploration and magic. This learning has universal value and appeal across all Jewish educational frameworks such as preschools, day schools, camps and synagogues.

Enhance your toolkit through two collaborative and experiential sessions:

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The Art of Engaging Families (Morning)
Explore family engagement through the lens of intentional wonder. Learn how to create meaningful Jewish experiences for all generations together.

Welcome to the “No Shushing’ Zone  (Afternoon)
Learn how to lead family experiences without shushing and learn best practices to effectively utilize transitions for continuous engagement.

About Karina
Shababa began in 2007, when Karina Zilberman went with her guitar and her beloved puppet, Coco, to the 92nd Street Y lobby to sing, play and celebrate Shabbat. Karina believed that Jewish life could be a playground, and families could connect with Judaism and with one another in a relaxed, soulful and meaningful environment.

Since 2007, Shababa has grown into a wide array of Jewish family experiences for all generations. 92Y Shababa has released three albums of Jewish family music, and hosted concerts and workshops at 92Y and around the world.  

Location: PJCC
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $36/person for the first pair from an organization, $25 for each additional participant

Free One-Hour Follow up Consultations
Jewish LearningWorks will provide a one-hour follow-up consultation based on Karina Zilberman's workshop presentation for any school or organization that brings three or more people to the day of learning. This consultation will help you refine, focus and apply your key take-a-ways from the day of learning and translate them into action. To schedule this consultation, contact Jenni Mangel by phone or email: 
415.529.3225 | JMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org

If you are not able to bring a team but would like to be paired with one or more learning partners to participate in a consultation, contact Jenni to make arrangements.

Limited space available.  Registration required.
A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Participants are encouraged to attend the full day.

This program is presented in partnership by:

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The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: Learning from our Sages and from Each Other with Jessica Tamar Deutsch
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: Learning from our Sages and from Each Other with Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Join illustrator Jessica Tamar Deutsch for a group study session using her new book, The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot is a complete English translation of six chapters of Mishna, accompanied by more than a hundred pages of hand drawn illustrations. This visual commentary makes for accessible and deep learning for those new to Mishna and provides a fresh perspective for those with any amount of experience with Jewish text study. In addition to leading study, Deutsch will discuss her process in creating a contemporary Jewish text. 

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based visual artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parson’s School of Design and completed residencies with Art Kibbutz and the Brandeis Collegiate Institute. Deutsch's work explores the meeting points of Jewish spirituality and contemporary culture. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics began as her senior thesis project and is currently available in print.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay
 

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